Why Ebola Fears Over US-Bound Flights Are Overblown

October 9, 2014 8:59 PM

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Why Ebola Fears Over US-Bound Flights Are Overblown

A majority of Americans think the U.S. should ban all incoming flights from countries fighting Ebola. Some 58 percent of respondents in a new survey from NBC News said they were in favor of a U.S. travel ban from the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where more than 3,400 people have died from Ebola. Only 20 percent said they did not support the ban.

The argument is that to stop the Ebola virus from leaping into new territories, including the U.S., it must be restricted at its source. However, an outright ban on flights from those countries would backfire on efforts to stop Ebola’s spread, health experts have said. Some officials say a travel ba...

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